Turn On or Off BitLocker for Operating System Drive in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 61,510
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       #60

    You can close or cancel at this point to not encrypt with BitLocker.
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  2. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #61

    @Brink i did just did right now and message shows if you cancel, it wont encrypt so i click okay. Now when i check c drive and right click it does show enable bitlocker which means it doesnt turn on.
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  3. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #62

    @Brink


    Okay so right now what i want to do is this right?


    1. Since i have 128 bit default, should i change it to 256 bit or don't bother with it and thus skip step 1?

    2. Go straight to step 5? Or should i do step 4? Do i want tpm or not? Because it seems step 4 is tpm and you putting a pin number as oppose to step 5 which is a password? What is difference between step 4 or 5? So you have 3 options here right? Step 3, 4 or 5? You pick? But aren't most people going to choose 5 since that is password?
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  4. Posts : 1,035
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       #63

    @Brink


    I assume i just go straight to step 5 right? I did not do this yet as im waiting to get a confirmation from you. But in step 5 it would be like this



    C) In the right pane of Operating System Drives in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Require additional authentication at startup policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    D) Select Enabled at the top, check the Allow BitLocker without a compatible TPM (requires a password or a startup key on a USB flash drive) box under Options, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)


    After you click enabled, it seems to automatically check allow bitlocker without a compatible TPM right? So after this, do i press or OKAY or APPLY before going to step 7?

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  5. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #64

    Brink, i did look at the 128 bit or 256 bit option in step 1. When i click on it, its not configured. Shouldn't it be 128 bit as the default? So if i dont do anything in this, it will do 128 bit? But if i want to do 256 bit, i have to manually change it myself? What is your recommendation for this? Im confused why it shows not configured?
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  6. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #65

    paulyjustin said:
    Brink, i did look at the 128 bit or 256 bit option in step 1. When i click on it, its not configured. Shouldn't it be 128 bit as the default? So if i dont do anything in this, it will do 128 bit? But if i want to do 256 bit, i have to manually change it myself? What is your recommendation for this? Im confused why it shows not configured?
    "Not configured" just means the group policy has not been changed. There's no need to change it if you wanted 128 since that is the default.

    If you want 256, you'll need to follow the steps in that group policy tutorial link to manually change it.

    If you want 128, no need to do anything for that step.
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  7. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #66

    @Brink. Is 128 bit good enough? Im not tech savy at all. Or you recommend changing it to 256 bit? I know it only requires you to manually change it yourself which takes 10 seconds or so. Do you recommend it or its not necessary? I just want to make it as simple as possible. So don't change it right?
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  8. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #67

    @Brink


    In my previous post, do i do step 4 which is TPM with pin or do i choose step 5 which is no TPM with password or usb?


    Which is preferred and which is the method i want? What i want is everytime i turn on the computer, it ask me for the password where i manually type it in. So choose step 5 then? Or does step 4 still give you that option? I read those steps and it seems step 4 you can still do it still but its a pin instead of password? So it has to be numbers? Which is more secure or recommended? I assume simplest way is step 5 and should be what i want?
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  9. Posts : 61,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #68

    It really just comes down to what you want.

    256 is stronger, but if you don't want to do the extra steps, then 128 is fine. Think of it like a lock on your front door. One is stronger than the other.

    If you want to use TPM (recommended), then you would use step 4 to setup using a PIN to unlock BitLocker.

    If you don't want to use a TPM, then you would use step 5 to setup unlocking BitLocker with a password or USB.

    Both step 4 or 5 are about equal as far how to do them. Personally, a TPM makes it a bit easier since you would only need to remember a PIN, and don't have to remember a password or keep up with a USB using step 5.
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  10. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #69

    @Brink


    Okay i will just stick with the 128 for now. I dont want to mess up any setting. But are you saying making it 128, its harder for someone to crack your password?


    Okay i will do step 4 TPM Recommended. But the pin, that has to be numbers right? So i have to put like a 6-20 digit pin? So it has to be numbers and not letters? If so, isn't that harder to remember than a password? I mean if its a password as oppose to pin, wouldnt that be much tougher for a thief to get in?


    Say your password is


    thedogwentallThewaytotheotherside320490


    compared to


    3294839800 as the pin?



    I mean it would be hard for me to remember say a 10 digit pin if its all numbers compared to a long phrase right? Example other programs like use such as keepass, i use a password that has mostly words.
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